anthropic principle

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anthropic principle
 
n
astronomy the cosmological theory that the presence of life in the universe limits the ways in which the very early universe could have evolved

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Main Entry:  anthropic principle1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in cosmology, a principle saying that conditions that are observed in the universe confirm that the observer exists and is compatible with the observed conditions; also called weak anthropic principle
Etymology:  Greek anthropikos
Usage:  science
Main Entry:  anthropic principle2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in cosmology, a principle saying that the observability of the universe relies on and is constrained by the existence of intelligent life; also called strong anthropic principle
Etymology:  Greek anthropikos
Usage:  science
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